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The Hurt Locker 2008 Subtitles

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This is a portrayal of elite soldiers a very dangerous job - disarming bombs in combat. When new sergeant James takes over a skilled team he surprises two subordinates by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of cat and mouse. As the men try to control their wild leader the city explodes into chaos.

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Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie
Runtime:
2 hours, 11 minutes

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Genres Military & War, Drama, Thriller, Action & Adventure
Director Kathryn Bigelow
Starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie
Supporting actors Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, Evangeline Lilly, Christian Camargo, Suhail Aldabbach, Christopher Sayegh, Nabil Koni, Sam Spruell, Sam Redford, Feisal Sadoun, Barrie Rice, Imad Dadudi, Erin Gann, Justin Campbell, Malcolm Barrett, Kristoffer Ryan Winters
Studio StudioCanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Format: Blu-ray
If you enjoy modern-day war-style drama's this film may well be for you.
The film is most certainly intense, and should hold your attention.
It follows 'Bravo' unit, a 'U.S' Bomb Disposal team during it's final 30 days or so of 'tour of duty'
It deals with the tensions and fears of the unit's members as they try to defuse bombs, handle suicide bombers, and of course face ambush situations.
The film is set during the American occupation of 'Bagdad' during one of the most controversial conflicts of modern times, which in truth we all have differing views of ( me ? i think it should have reached a conclusion first time around '1991', which may well have avoided the '2003' return, credibility for the action, many including myself, was a little questionable, i'm sure that many have a different opinion of it ? )
the film is so worthy of a spin.
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Format: DVD
The first film that I saw Jeremy Renner in was Hansel and Gretel: Vampire Killers which my teenage stepdaughter convinced me to sit through. My inner child is always present so I have enjoyed some children's films very much, say Hugo or Finding Nemo, Toy Story etc, but Hansel and Gretel I thought was absolute tripe, I hardly managed to make it to the end. Fast forward a while and as a fan of Jason Bourne I watched The Bourne Legacy and in that, Jeremy Renner is completely believable as an action hero and I enjoyed that performance immensely. The Hurt Locker is another star turn, his character is the centrepiece of the film and although the backdrop is tense, bomb disposal in the Middle East (difficult to imagine a more tense setting!), the impression of a reckless maverick that we soon learn is multi-faceted, he wins over his colleagues and the viewers as he shows himself to be a natural leader. Graduating from what appears to be a team-mate that would be the last you'd want beside you, to one that you would trust your own life with. It's fair to say I'm now a fan of Mr. Renner, he carries this single-handed and it's gripping stuff.
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With competition like the outstanding ‘District 9’ and the visually stunning ‘Avatar’ released in 3-D in 2009 (not to mention ‘The Blind Side’), it's difficult to understand how Kathryn Bigelow's film could justifiably be considered the best film of the year by the Academy. Life is full of surprises.

The Hurt Locker of the title refers to a box of bomb parts, fuses and detonators which Sgt William James, the main character at the centre of the story, keeps under his bed. These are souvenirs of all the bombs that almost killed him, but didn't. The film has a few plus points: building of tension, the realism of the environment (filmed in Jordan with Iraqi ex-pats playing Iraqi citizens and insurgents) and conveying the lethality and horror of the work the EOD team do. However there are too many shortcomings for this to be a great film, and classic status is an unlikely future.

First of all, there is no real plot or development of character and the story goes nowhere. From a straw poll of people I know who have also seen the film the audience does not easily warm to the three main players and frankly doesn't much care what happens to them. I certainly didn't. The characters are only one step beyond cardboard cut-outs.

Secondly, bomb disposal teams in the real world do not risk their own lives and those of colleagues recklessly by defusing lethal ordnance by hand when small robot vehicles are perfectly capable of doing the job, as shown in the first scene - not more than once anyway, without facing serious disciplinary action. The ‘maverick hero challenging staid authority’ theme, a favorite staple of Hollywood, is pushed to incredulity here.
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By Call me Al TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 Aug. 2015
Format: DVD
Fully deserving of its Oscar and BAFTA awards Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker is an ambitious, intelligent, unsentimental attempt to present the experience of war from the perspective of ordinary soldiers, in this case a small elite US Army bomb disposal team stationed in Iraq. The film’s main protagonist is Jeremy Renner’s Sgt. James, an experienced technician but also a maverick adrenaline junkie, brilliant at his job yet prone to taking calculated risks bordering on the reckless. The job of his two colleagues is to protect him as he tries to diffuse IED bombs by providing cover from possible snipers. The tension hardly relents throughout the movie as the director successfully allows us to empathise with the predicament of the soldiers, aware that death is ever present and seemingly impotent to strike out at an enemy hiding in plain sight. The cinematography and editing are masterful, as both close-up and lingering shots effectively depict the harrowing intenseness and grim realities of war. Three scenes in particular stand out for me - the car bomb, the desert ambush and the suicide bomber. This is a movie which rightly makes one reflect on many things and is definitely a film to seek out.
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By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Sept. 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
`The Hurt Locker' looks at a bomb disposal squad during the Iraq war as they go about diffusing various roadside bombs and evade various traps and battles. It has plenty of tension throughout and the use of slow motion cinematography heightens the impact of some of the scenes, as bombs kick up dust, debris and spent gun cartridges cartwheel end over end. By the end this tension has made you see the war from the soldiers perspective a little more and you start to understand their outlook on danger and fighting, even if it makes you further question the involvement in Iraq. The typically gung ho American persona grates initially, but this soon fades as you become more involved in the film. You can see why this won the Oscar and the direction is very impressive and this ranks highly in films made so far about the Iraq war. If the Iraq war is going to spawn as many films as Vietnam did, then this is a decent enough addition to the genre. To be honest this isn't as good as I'd hoped, especially after all the hype (although it is a fairly decent film), and I can understand some of the apathy towards it, but as far as war films go this is very good and worth a viewing at some point.

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